China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Black Peter, Me & My Uncle, Cold Rain & Snow, Mama Tried > High Time, Easy Wind, Dire Wolf, Casey Jones*, Good Morning Little School Girl*, Morning Dew*, Black Queen* > Turn On Your Love Light*, Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Cosmic Charlie
* with Stephen Stills.
The tapes of the 10th come in two parts, both in excellent quality. Most of what we have from this date comes from a MSR > D containing nearly all of one set. The other tape, containing That's It For The Other One > Cosmic Charlie#, most often circulates labeled "12/10/69," as the second half of a cassette side, following the 12/11/69 Dark Star. (For more on this curious piece of tape, see DeadLists for 12/10/69.) Probably they played 2 sets on the 10th, as on the other nights, and probably That's It comes from the other set from the material on the MSR > D, but the evidence does not show which set is which and can be argued both ways.
Copies from the soundboard reels of these shows have circulated since the '70s, sometimes mislabled "Kaleidoscope Theater, LA," often with dates and sequences mixed up, usually in badly degraded sound quality. This set assembles complete copies of the 11th and the 12th in the best quality circulating. Except for the middle portion of the 11th, sound is excellent throughout; this inferior segment is listenable while leaving definite room for improvement if an upgrade shows up; we haven't been able to find one & don't want to delay further.
Many people gave help on the way to creating this set of CDs. Dave Greenberg did the final masters. Jack Warner was instrumental in providing the difficult composite for the 2nd disc of 12/11/69, which was first mastered by Scott Clugston. RB, KW, JN and HB also provided important assistance. Jim Powell instigated the project and writes these notes. SHN conversion by Jay Gerland.
December 11, 2018 Subject:
Brilliant at the end especially, with the peerless Stephen on that snarling, stinging white eagle of his. What amp did he use for this gig I wonder? A sweet, 3-dimensional Morning Dew.
It could be argued that the first half or so is rough & ugly, with the band trying to focus on vocal things they would never really learn to sustain being able to do for long. My dad, a huge fan of Workingman's/Beauty, refused to tolerate the sound of this recording in his house. I mourn his loss as much as mine! It's a band reforming its whole sonic ethos, and some people just love the sound of development: it puts story to music without even focusing on words at all. More I could say about the sound of this, but...
January 28, 2006 Subject:
Stephen Stills - Next Black Queen 4/16/83
Thats hot and not clear why they did not play with him more as they sounded so great together. Pigs gets a nod on this too.
August 5, 2005 Subject:
what an odd dew this is! could be a top ten simply for its strange arrangement. the MD alone is worth the download because its one of the most unorthodoxed dews of them all! so get it and listen to jerry and stills chop it up jug band style, which we all know he loved! 5 for the dew and 4 for the show!
April 6, 2005 Subject:
the rage, man
fucking ragin flow, impermeable mellifluous rhythms... this is soooo good... and with an aggressive (if sometimes intrusive, and eventually somewhat long-winded) Stephen Stills, too...
March 14, 2005 Subject:
I find it hard that everyone is so up on the 12th but this gets overlooked.Very nice Black Peter.Nice sound.Overall,this show is Better than the 12th.Oh yeh....Cryptical!//enough said!